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The Compass, Bromley

This pub is defiantly a dive. Quite surprising really seen as there are 3 very quaint pubs in its immediate area. I think that the only reason this pub survives is by soaking up all the borderline alcoholics and trouble makers in the area. To look at it from the outside it looks like an inner city pub with a look that dose not jump out and say; ďdrink in here!Ē
The inside is not much different. There are usually some middle aged men who are unemployed sitting at the bar drinking their troubles away until they can no longer stand, which is usually 3.30pm. After they have left you have remaining the miserable bar staff who want to talk to you about how bad the government is and the crime on the council estate where they live, even though they insist that they wonít vote because; ďitís a waste of timeĒ. General moaning and complaining comes from all customers and staff which is slightly annoying when you want to sit down and read the paper.
The quality of the beer is ok but nothing special, the attitude seems to be that it will be drunk anyway so the odd doggy pint and chipped glass doesnít matter. There was food being served there however I did not stop for lunch. There was some food being served to a guy sitting down however when it arrived from the kitchen it didnít look very appetizing. Iím sure that it was ok to eat but not much effort was put in to the presentation.
There was satellite TV in the pub showing the horse racing, also big football games were advertized. Iím not sure that I would want to stay to watch them though, Iím sure that a pub such as this would have trouble once everyone has had 14 pints of Stella.
Over all I would not recommend this pub to anyone.

4 Jun 2010 10:55

The Crown and Anchor, Bromley

After visiting this pub post refurbishment I must say I was very impressed. The garden is lit up with decretive lights and there is an undercover seating area, again with decretive lighting illuminating it.
There is a very good selection of wines from all over the world and the beer that is being sold is of a high quality and caliber. This pub would not be a place to come if you have been working on a building site all day after getting covered in dust searching for a thrust quenching pint, more so to have a glass of wine in the afternoon and enjoy good conversation.
Working in the construction industry myself I would much rather go to a nice boozer after work than the Crown And Anchor however after swilling 5 pints and munching a bit of grub I would enjoy going to the C&A for a glass of wine or too, after a shower of course!
The down side to the pub is that the management will charge you for using their debit card payment facility even if your transaction is over a certain amount. Also the pub is quite highly priced, even for Bromley. Its prices are more comparable to central London which might deter some people however if you are looking to have quality beverages then you should expect to pay for them.
The best time to visit this pub in my opinion is on a warm summers evening, sit in the garden and relax.
Worth a visit.

4 Jun 2010 10:28

The Freelands Tavern, Bromley

Been in the Freelands Tavern a few times and itís a good pub. Nice and clean inside with a central square bar. There is sport regularly shown and decent ales on tap accompanied by standard lagers.
A nice place to go for a quiet drink and read the paper as well as a good old Friday night session. The garden could do with some attention, even though there are some flower beds along the side and back wall their not much to look at. The garden is all paving slabs and concrete with a few picnic tables. Nice for a beer after work in the summer but I would rather be in a pub garden that is well looked after. Saying that it doesnít let the pub down too much.
The toilets are clean and smell nice, unfortunately I didnít get chance to sample any of the food there however Iím sure its of a good quality as I did see the kitchen on the way through to the garden and there was a cook who seemed to be very passionate, even when making sandwiches.
All in all a good pub

4 Jun 2010 10:04

The Red Lion, Bromley

What a cracking little pub, there is good beer and outside seating on a quiet road. Good pub grub is served including home made sandwiches. The front of the pub has very well kept colorful window boxes and is clean inside, obviously a lot of time has been spent on making this pub look nice and welcoming.
The clientele all seem to be locals and there is hardly any trouble there if any at all. The inside of the pub is decorated in a traditional style with the wall opposite the bar made in to a book case. There are wing back chairs and low level beer tables to go with them.
The beer is normal Bromley prices and as the pub is owned by Greene King so it has all our favorite Greene King ales. Youíre standard selection of lagers is also sold for around 3 pounds per pint, the ales being slightly cheaper.
Unfortunately there is parking restrictions between 12pm and 2pm and no onsite parking for customers however the streets surrounding the pub will normally have space.
All in all a brilliant watering hole!

4 Jun 2010 09:42

The Partridge, Bromley

I have visited the Partridge a few times for lunch and I must say that this is a very good pub. I would recommend the Fullers Puff Pastry pie. Even though the pub gets busy at lunch time you get the feeling of real space when inside due to the high ceilings and well decorated walls. There is a very good selection of real ales and up market but not snobby beers, wines and spirits.
This pub is perfect for lunch or a beer after work, it also has satellite TV. Some form of sport will be shown but only at peek times or when a big game is on.
Brilliant pub itís a must to visit.

4 Jun 2010 09:26

The Railway Hotel, Bromley

Unfortunately this is quite an undesirable pub to drink in and the clientele equally undesirable. I found the pub to be dirty and the toilets could not have had a proper clean for a good week or so. Extremely loud music is played at most times so much so that the speakers distort when playing music.
The beer costs normal Bromley prices but the environment in which it is served certainly dose not reflect its high cost. I did not try the food as I had concerns regarding the general hygiene practices being used in the Pub.
However I have been passing when there has been a band playing rock or Indi music and they have been quite good, so from that aspect Iím sure that one could have a good time. With a pub such as this, use illicit substances is most probably high so not a place to bring children.
Overall I would not recommend this pub

4 Jun 2010 08:56

The Anglesey Arms, Bromley

The Anglesey Arms the best of the four pubs in itís surrounding area of Bromley North. Good food is served especially the Sunday roasts. You can eat there and have a pint for around 10 pounds. There is a nicely presented garden at the rear, with a smoking shelter.
No parking unfortunately and the road has parking restrictions between 12pm and 2pm however all other times you can park there, even though space is limited.
The beer is a bit pricy for a drinkerís pub but it tastes good and is served at the right temperature. Child and dog friendly, I would recommend this pub.

4 Jun 2010 08:43

Ye Olde Whyte Lion, Locksbottom

Since being refurbished this is a great pub, real ales on tap and lager is always cold. The food is prepared with care and finesse and is priced well. Dinner for two with a bottle of good wine will set you back no more than 50 pounds.
There is a beer garden at the back which is nice to relax in but could do with some more TLC from the owners. Seldom is there any trouble in the pub however the pub dose seem to attract wealthier customers who seem to think that itís a yuppie bar from the 1980ís.
Apart from that I think that itís a nice pub to visit however its not a drinkers pub

4 Jun 2010 08:28

The Bird In Hand, Bromley

A nice pub however not as good as the Two Doves in the next road. The Bird In Hand offers a good community atmosphere in a small localís pub. There has been an extension built at the rear of the building for a conservatory function room, which would be great for a wedding reception or birthday party. There is no parking provided by the establishment however there is ample unrestricted parking on the roads around the pub.
They donít seem to have a large selection of ales and the draught beer is more expensive than other places however the food is good and the pub well kept. The bar staff seem to be nice enough but the management are no where to be seen, which I think is important in a small village pub such as this.
Not a bad pub on the whole

4 Jun 2010 07:47

The Two Doves, Bromley

The Two Doves is a very nice little village pub even though itís on a busy road. There is a selection of good ales and home made snack sandwiches on the bar, sold for under 2 pounds. The beers on tap are competitively priced even for a small free house. Unfortunately thereís no parking apart from on the road outside however the amazingly well kept garden at the rear makes up for any short comings, of which there are very few.
There's a great atmosphere in the pub and land lady is always in the bar talking to localís. We sat in the garden and it was as if you were sitting in someoneís back garden at home. It is very well kept and always clean.
Overall I would recommend anyone to visit this pub.

4 Jun 2010 07:36

The George, Beckenham

Very impressed with this pub, cozy but enough space to move around. Good selection of beers on tap as well as ales. The garden is well laid out and there is a decent smoking area.
Even though the pub is part of a chain the food is good for what it is, and is very good value. The staff are friendly and the landlord is usually around keeping an eye on things.
Over all a smashing pub

3 Jun 2010 09:17

The Swan, West Wickham

I always try to avoid going to the swan in West Wickham there always seems to be trouble there. The beer is over priced and the food is sub standard. Even though there is a good selection of sports being shown it still dose not make up for the poor atmosphere and drunken louts causing trouble.

Apart from that there is ďokĒ selection of beers on tap, and in bottles as well as cider's. The building also has a lot of character. There is a small car park at the back of the pub but I would refrain from leaving my car there over night because of all the trouble in the pub.

3 Jun 2010 09:06

The Toby Carvery, Beckenham

As this pub is in my local area I pop in from time to time, the beer is very cheap however once you have been to one Toby Carver you have been to them all. Nothing wrong with the pub but it lack's in character and seems to be a place where you go to purchase cheep beer. The food is ok however still mass produced. Be careful if you are going to leave your car in the car park overnight as I have had my car broken in to twice whilst I have left it parked there. Also you have to inform the bar staff that you will be leaving it there otherwise it will be clamped.

Over all I would choose another place to drink, I would say that the pub is only suitable for people that will meet there for a few drinks before going for a meal elsewhere. Purely because the choice of good ales is limited and it is always packed with heavy drinkers looking for a bargain.

3 Jun 2010 08:03

The Rising Sun, Beckenham

I frequently pop in this pup and I have to say that it is the best pub in the area for for and drink. It is competitively priced and the food is all home cooked by the two land ladies.
The pub is a free house and child friendly, well behaved dogs are welcome as well. There is a decent sized garden at the rear with well kept flower beds, also a large car park which is secure if you would like to leave your car over night.

One of the last remaining good pubs in the area and the best for food by far.

3 Jun 2010 07:43

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